Russell Wilsons college football career appears to be over.
N.C. State plans on moving forward without the All-ACC quarterback, Wolfpack coach Tom OBrien said Wednesday. OBrien said he doesnt expect Wilson, the starter for the previous three seasons, to return to school after he goes to training camp with the Colorado Rockies later this month.
Our plans are hes not coming back, OBrien said. Hell be a baseball player. We have to move forward with Glennon. Weve planned for this day and Michaels ready to do it.
Wilson, who threw for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2010, led State to a 9-4 record and the No. 25 ranking in the final AP poll. A first-team All-ACC selection in 08 and second-team in 10, Wilson ranks among the best quarterbacks in school history. Hes third on the career list in total offense (9,628 yards), third in passing yards (8,545) and second in passing touchdowns (76).
Wilson has a season of football eligibility remaining but has a contract with the Rockies, who drafted him in the fourth round last June. He announced on Jan. 17 that he was going to the Rockies training camp and would fully concentrate on baseball but did not rule out returning for the football season.
As a graduate, Wilson has the option to transfer and play at another Division I school for the 11 season.
We just cant sit here and say, OK, were going to wait for Russell to come back, OBrien said. We have to move forward.
OBrien said the door is open for Wilson to return but said with the loss of three top receivers, it was crucial to have the quarterback in spring practice. OBrien said playing quarterback was a 365-day-a-year job.
It [would] be a tough situation for him to come back and do it, OBrien said. We would have to see if that ever happens but I dont foresee that happening down the road. Russell has never failed at anything he has ever attempted. Hes going to try make the Colorado Rockies. Thats where I see him.
Glennon, who will be a junior in 2011, played in three games last season and completed 9-of-13 passes for 78 yards. He has 52 career attempts for 326 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Glennon, one of the top quarterback recruits in his class, is bigger than Wilson at 6 feet 6 and 225 pounds, and OBrien said the offense will have to be restructured for Glennon.
OBrien has previously compared Glennon to former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, an NFL star with the Atlanta Falcons.
Michael is really talented, OBrien said. Its going to be fun. The offense was constructed for what Russell was able to do well, now we have to do that with Michael and get ready to play with him.
State returns six starters from an offense which ranked among the ACC leaders in scoring (31.8 points per game) and total yards (404.5 per game). Glennon will have three starters back on the offensive line, All-ACC tight end George Bryan and promising running back Mustafa Green.
Tyler Brosius, a redshirt freshman from Waynesville, enters the spring as Glennons backup, OBrien said. State signed Brian Taylor, from Harnett Central, in its recruiting class announced on Wednesday.
Notes: Three players wont return for the 2011 season, OBrien said. Sam Jones, a backup offensive lineman, has left the program for family reasons. Henry Lawson, a backup offensive lineman, graduated and wont return and Colby Jackson, a special teams contributor, will apply for a medical hardship because of a reoccurring knee injury.
OBrien also announced two injured players, tackle Andrew Wallace and fullback Logan Winkles, will be out until mid-October. Both players underwent knee surgery for ACL injuries.